Destiny in Sydney: An epic novel of convicts, Aborigines, and Chinese embroiled in the birth of Sydney, Australiaby D. Manning Richards
DESTINY IN SYDNEY is an epic, multicultural novel of convicts, Aborigines, and Chinese embroiled in the birth of Sydney, Australia. Adventurous and opportunistic, Scottish marine Lieutenant Nathaniel Armstrong is in charge of convicts on one of eleven ships sent in 1787 on a perilous voyage from England to the other side of the world to establish a British penal colony. He lusts after fiery Irish convict Moira O’Keeffe and surprises himself when he falls in love with her. Together they nearly starve in Sydney Cove while learning to farm the harsh land and deal with the Aborigines, whose lot is disease and unequal warfare. Armstrong descendants deny their convict heritage and oppose the Chinese who come for the gold rush. Three Fong brothers suffer violence and despair as they fight to forge a place for themselves. Duncan Armstrong, rich and powerful, helps pass the White Australia Policy in 1901 to keep out the Chinese, while his cousin Eleanor works for women’s suffrage and a “fair go” for the Aborigines.
Impeccably researched, this gripping dramatization of the true history of Sydney, Australia, is drawn from the writings of Australian leaders, soldiers, explorers, and settlers. Richards has mined Australian history for its action-adventure and applied his incomparable storytelling skills for a powerful, fast-paced read. The sequel novel A GIFT OF SYDNEY, available in late 2013, will continue the story of the Armstrongs and Fongs, and add the Hudson Aboriginal family, ending with the Summer Olympic Games held in Sydney in the year 2000.
- Aries Books
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- 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.10(d)
- Age Range:
- 15 Years
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D. Manning Richards is about to leave Sydney, Australia, on November 1, 2014, after living there for nearly three years promoting his historical novel DESTINY IN SYDNEY and completing the sequel GIFT OF SYDNEY, which was published October 1, 2014. Although the author is an American from Virginia, he and his wife Judy will next reside in St. Germain, Paris, where he will write PARIS IN RUINS: A NOVEL OF PASSION AND THE FRENCH RÉSISTANCE about love and valor during the "Battle for Paris" in 1944.
After earning degrees in Landscape Architecture and City Planning, he traveled around the world studying cities and worked professionally in Sydney, Australia, from 1973 to 1975. Returning to Washington, he worked as a city planner for The National Capital Planning Commission, as the vice-president of an office building developer, and then as a principal of Richards Development Company. But it was his interests in cities, history, and the writing of short stories and poetry that drew him back to Sydney to attend the 2000 Summer Olympics and to begin researching the history of Sydney. In 2003, he returned to Virginia to write an epic family saga covering 213 years of the city's history, from 1788 to 2000, about convicts, Aborigines, and Chinese. DESTINY IN SYDNEY begins in England in 1787 and ends in 1902 with federation and women's suffrage. GIFT OF SYDNEY continues the multicultural family saga from 1903 through 1981. A future third novel will complete the history of Sydney.
His most recent information may be found at www.dmanningrichards.com
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